THE South Australian Government last week announced that work has now commenced on a new rail station to service the needs of St Clair and the nearby community, as part of the government's investment in the Outer Harbor rail line.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the investment includes a new elevated station at West Croydon and a shared pedestrian and cycle path along the rail corridor that will link Le Fevre Peninsula and Port Adelaide to the city.
The Minister said St Clair Station, which is located approximately 8.7 kilometres from Adelaide, will be built in a way that avoids the need to close the Outer Harbor line to commuters.
"Construction is expected to be completed by late September providing more public transport options and improved facilities for the growing community at St Clair and for nearby residents," Mr Koutsantonis said.
"The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure has worked closely with the St Clair Joint Venture developers in planning the station to ensure the new platforms integrate with the surrounding development including new shopping facilities and nearby housing."
According to the government, the station design will incorporate:
- Architecturally designed shelters, seating and wind break screens;
- Security lighting, CCTV surveillance and emergency telephones located centrally on each platform;
- Passenger information systems on each platform; and
- Platforms designed to reduce the step and gap between the platform and trains.
The design and construction contract for the $6.42 million St Clair Station has been awarded to major South Australian construction and engineering firm Bardavcol Pty Ltd.
Mr Koutsantonis said the new station was another step in transforming Adelaide's public transport system into a modern and efficient network providing faster services and better facilities.
"The State Government is investing heavily in improving public transport across the network," Mr Koutsantonis said.
"The result will be a modern rail service with more frequent services and upgraded rail stations that are more in keeping with the expectations of the Adelaide community in the 21st Century."
More information is available from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure's 'Rail Revitalisation' website at <http://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/rr>.